This isn’t a loss. I’ll keep trying until I win. Some wrestlers say stuff like this. I’m not like those guys. But I head the 3 count.
That’s the fact. But you think the winner is always
proven right. Isn’t that so? Of course I’m frustrated. Okada… the fans… they laughed at me
when I said I wanted to main even the Dome. But… This has been my dream since I was 15. This meant everything to me. I don’t care if people mock me.
This is what I fought for. So, today, I reached that goal. But that was the goal I set when I was 15. Now, I can set new goals Now I can dream as Naito, the wrestler. I’ll let you know what’s in store some other time. One thing I can say for now is… I’ll definitely return to this point again. So keep waiting for the
big L.I.J roll call at the Dome. Okay. I’ll be back at it tomorrow, at Korakuen. You guys will be there, right? See you guys at Korakuen, tomorrow. Hasta mañana. Adios. カズチカ! Good job. Well done. 良くやった。 レインメーカー、2018年のWrestle Kingdomも
お前がIWGPのチャンピオンだ。 またやってくれたな。 まだまだチャンピオンだ。 おめでとう。 Kampai! Kampai! TV Asahi here. Congratulations on your 9th defense. Give us your initial thoughts. Well… It’s my mission to keep having matches like this. You’ve main evented the Dome 4 years
in a row. Your thoughts? It feels great. The crowd is getting bigger and bigger each year. Main eventing the Dome… winning…
that’s something only I can do. Naito rode a surge of momentum into this match.
What is your opinion after defeating him? Naito is tremendous. I heard the enormous ovation
when he made his entrance. I could hear it from where I waited.
I thought… ‘shit’. But once we’re in the ring, none of that matters. I know Naito was lifted by the support he had. But the fact is that I’m stronger. I suppose your experience in this
position made the difference. But each time I’ve done this,
the experience has been unique. I have no idea who I’ll face next year,
in front of even more people. But I know that it’ll make me
grow even more as a wrestler. But it’s certain that it’ll be me
here again, next year. You said that the Naito has the
overwhelming fan support, But in victory, they cheered for you, as well.
Your feelings? Honestly, I wasn’t able to appreciate it. To me, it was just noise. I didn’t hear
either’s chant more than the other’s. I just heard the fact that they were into it. It sounded like a mix of joy and disappointment. What do you think the deciding factor
in your victory was? It’s my responsibility as champion
to defend this title, Naito was only concerned with
being in the main event. That’s the the difference in how we both
approached this match. I was completely fixated on the belt.
He wasn’t. But now, I don’t think being in the main event
is enough for him. He’ll become more greatly motivated
to take this belt from me. It’ll mean even more, if we fight
for this belt again, here in the Dome. It’ll mean something different
than just atoning for 4 years ago. Are you saying there’s a difference in
holding the title than chasing it? You mean, staying the champion? Naito says that he can shine
even without the title. It doesn’t make a difference to me.
He can keep shining. I don’t believe that only one person
can shine at a time. If he wants to keep doing his thing,
that’s fine. That goes for anyone. Tanahashi. Kenny. Just worry about yourself. What’s important, is that it’s me in the center
of it all. In the spotlight. Do whatever you want,
as long as it’s around me. Your thoughts on defending 9 times and becoming
the longest reigning champion. This was my 9th defense, huh? We’re getting into the double digits… This is the furthest I’ve gotten, right? Don’t any of you guys know this? Doesn’t anybody here know my history? So… That’s unbelievable. Go ahead. Look it up. I’ll wait. Which one of you will find the answer first? Which newspaper will it be? This is the furthest.
Thank you, ‘Weekly Pro-Wrestling’. I’ve now reached a new plateau. It wasn’t my original attention,
but now having double digits in my sights… It wasn’t my plan,
but now I can see the record of 11. That would be interesting, wouldn’t it? I’ll keep defending, but not to break records. Just as I said in the ring, I want to reach all of the fans.
And make them all satisfied. This is also the longest reign of this title,
you being its 65th holder. I only want to stay the champion,
it’s about more than just collecting records. My task is to keep holding onto this title,
through 2018 as well. You started the year off on the right foot. Your thoughts going forward? Didn’t I just say that? Well… Let’s see… The crowd today was the result of 2017.
It’s also a sign of their expectations. I want to make the greatness of New Japan
known all over the world. Thank you very much. People were shocked to see your new pants.
What was your reasoning behind changing your look? Reasoning? You always wore shorts before… Actually… I just wanted something new. I have always worn the same thing.
I just felt like switching it up. That’s why I made the change. Good? Thank you.